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Happy Easter!!! He is Risen!!!

John 19:41 (English Standard Version)

Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.

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Happy Easter!!!! He is Risen!!!!

John 20+

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.File:Victory over the Grave.jpg

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Happy Ash Wednesday!

 

 “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

 

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, a time of reflection and repentance and reconciliation with God.

In other words, you get to start over.

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That to me is a great thing.  God’s mercies are renewed every morning, and as human beings we need a lot of forgiveness, and a lot of chances to make things right again between us and God and between us and the people in our lives.  We “Fall down 7 times, but get up 8” — we are human, we fail, but we can get up again and try once more to do better.

As Catholics we are so lucky — so blessed —to have these opportunities to come back home to God.  We have Confession so that the mistakes we make in life do not weigh us down — we get to lay down our burdens at the feet of Jesus and start over again.

We have the Lenten season where we can reflect again on our lives, on our relationship with God and discover where we need to grow, to heal, to forgive and be forgiven.

We are strengthened by the Eucharist, healed by Confession and renewed by this season of Lent.

We are so blessed.

There are a number of resources out there with wonderful Lenten reflections, for example:

Praying Lent from Creighton University

http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/index.html

The Holy Season of Lent

http://www.ewtn.com/faith/lent/

And we await Easter morning with a joyful heart as we renew our faith during this Lenten season and are given yet another opportunity to grow closer to God.

 

 

 

 

 

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A New Season…

 To every son and daughter
Wayward and long gone
The love of a Father will leave the light on”

(From Nichole Nordeman’s “Lay it Down.”)


You know, it just occurred to me that there are other Seasons besides Christmas!  We are now in the Season of Lent preparing our hearts for the Risen Christ at Easter. 

 Lent is an incredibly important Season — an opportunity for a new beginning and a new relationship with the God Who loves us.  It’s an opportunity to stop and think, to turn around and find a new path. It is a time to lay the weight of the world –all of our sufferings, sin and burdens — down at the feet of Jesus and start anew.

 

 Here are a few lovely places to begin your Lenten Season — reflections, online rosaries and other things that I hope will help you on your journey.

“Praying Lent”  For Lenten prayers and reflections:  http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/

And here is their Daily Prayer Blog: http://dailyprayers.prayinglent.com/

“Come Pray the Rosary” is a beautiful site that allows you to pray the Rosary with people from all around the world in real time.  http://www.comepraytherosary.org/

“The Virtual Rosary”  is a way to remind yourself to pray the Rosary every day and comes complete with an application that you can download in order to pray the mysteries of the Rosary.  http://www.virtualrosary.org/

God bless you in this new and wonderful season!!!

 




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